Microsoft has announced its commitment to launching Xbox LIVE in nine new countries – Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Greece,  Hungary, Poland, Russia and South Africa.

“Xbox LIVE is about building communities and connecting people to each other and to great content. This expansion is another step toward our vision for LIVE – to deliver the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, wherever you are in the world,” says Marc Whitten, GM of Xbox LIVE.
The service will focus first on delivering the core gaming and community features of Xbox LIVE, including matchmaking, friends list, achievements, gamerscore, a tailored games marketplace and more.
“This is an exciting step forward in the experience we can deliver to our loyal and committed Xbox communities,” says Yvette van Rooyen, product & marketing manager at Xbox 360 South Africa. “Xbox fans in South Africa  will now be able play the best games in the industry with the 23 million other Xbox LIVE users across the world who have made this their online gaming destination of choice."